Nov. 7, 2006
Tallahassee, FL -In recognition of Florida State soccer’s seventh consecutive bid to the 2006 NCAA Tournament, the Seminole soccer team will gather at the “Unconquered” statue which sits on Williams Plaza at Langford Green just south of Bobby Bowden Field at Doak S. Campbell Stadium Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. for the lighting of the spear. Fans are invited to come out and celebrate the Seminoles NCAA Tournament bid with the team.
FSU adopted a policy lighting the spear of the “Unconquered” statue recognizing events of great significance and accomplishment on the FSU campus.
Unconquered, a 31-foot high sculpture that depicts a spear-brandishing Seminole astride a rearing horse was designed by Fritz White to capture the indomitable spirit of the Seminole people and those who have adopted that spirit as a symbol for their university.
Since its dedication in 2003, the spear has been set ablaze at sunset before FSU home football games only and it burns until sunrise the morning after the game. The new policy means the spear will be lit when FSU wins an Atlantic Coast Conference team championship in any sport, or an NCAA individual championship in any sport. In addition, the spear would be lit the night an FSU team is selected for NCAA Championship competition and will burn for 24 hours.
The spear may also be lit to recognize the winning of a “National Player of the Year” award in any sport (i.e. Heisman Trophy, Rhodes Scholarship).
Florida State will play host to the opening two rounds of the NCAA Soccer Tournament. Friday night’s games are set for 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. starts at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Florida State and Jacksonville will play the first match followed by Auburn and Cal. The winner’s will meet Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Ticket information for the 2006 NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament in Tallahassee will be available on-line at Seminoles.com or by calling (850) 644-1830. Fans outside of Tallahassee can call toll free at 1-888-FSUNoLE.